Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Beehive Bulletin - 7 May 2004

Beehive Bulletin - 7 May 2004

Top News stories of the week

Foreshore legislation has its first reading

The Foreshore and Seabed Bill was introduced to Parliament this week and passed with a 65-55 majority. Introducing the bill, Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen said it delivered four square on the government's promise to protect public access and clarify ownership.

A number of changes have been since earlier proposals were released in December. The result is a clearer, more transparent and less bureaucratic framework that is well-balanced and will simultaneously guarantee access, recognise customary rights and interests, and manage effects on the environment.

Michael Cullen says the Bill will not satisfy everyone but goes a long way to addressing the concerns that have been raised. He hopes New Zealanders take the time to examine and discuss the Bill, and suggest improvements to the Select Committee.

Cullen and Horomia meet the hikoi

Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen and Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia led a group of Ministers and Government MPs who met this week's foreshore hikoi when it arrived at Parliament.

Parekura Horomia later told Parliament that although some people on the hikoi were hell-bent on being destructive, the majority conducted themselves well. He acknowledged their strong feelings but said he had spent a lot of his life trying to make sure Maori got the best shot and that was why he was supporting the foreshore and seabed legislation.

Parekura Horomia said Labour governments have always been there for Maori. During this term in office, 40,000 more Maori were in work, Maori unemployment had reached a 16-year low, almost 900 Maori were involved in Modern Apprenticeships and the government had delivered on Maori television.

New Support for Parents

Parents raising preschoolers will get more support from a new $10.8 million initiative launched by Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey. The Strategies with Kids - Information for Parents (SKIP) campaign will work with community groups to provide resources and training for parents and caregivers of children up to five years old.

The new parental support programme has developed following extensive consultation with community groups. The government believes strongly that making an investment in the health and capability of our children today is vital for the wellbeing of New Zealanders tomorrow. Mr Maharey says SKIP will give parents practical advice and support on society's most important job

Best practice for heritage properties

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Helen Clark has announced the introduction of a "best practice" approach to the management of heritage properties owned by government departments. Helen Clark says it's important that the government leads by example in the way it cares for its heritage.

Government departments have in their care a large number of heritage places and properties ranging from courthouses and police stations to archaeological sites. The Ministry for Culture and Heritage will be overseeing the development of a policy for the implementation of best practice by each department that holds heritage properties.

Mapua Deed signed

The 'deed of funding' between the Crown and Tasman District Council for the remediation of the former Fruitgrower's Chemical Company property at Mapua was signed this week. Environment Minister Marian Hobbs says that once remediation work is completed, New Zealand's worst contaminated site will become a safe local attraction.

The signing of the deed allows the full remediation of the site to start, with completion expected in 2006. Agreement was reached earlier this year between the Ministry for the Environment and Tasman District Council that 40 percent of the site will be set aside by the council for public open space.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news